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2009 Sawamura Award goes to Hideaki Wakui

by on Nov.02, 2009 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB

The Sawamura Award is handed out at the end of each season to the best overall pitcher in either league.  They must also fulfill as many of the following statistical categories as possible (implemented in 1982):

Games - 25 or more
Complete Games - 10 or more
Win - 15 or more
Winning Percentage - .600 or better
Innings Pitched - 200 or more
Strike outs - 150 or more
ERA - 2.50 or less

This season the award goes to:

Hideaki Wakui (Seibu Lions)

G W L SV CG SHO BF IP H HR BB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
27 16 6 0 11 4 863 211.2 162 12 76 9 199 5 0 57 54 2.30

(italics - tied in both leagues; bold - led either league)

Said Wakui, "It's difficult to get selected for this award so when I heard the news, I was sincerely happy.  I was able to rack up a fair number of strike outs and I was the only pitcher with double-digit complete games so I thought I had a chance."

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A Pacific League pitcher has won the award the last 5 years straight.

The last Central League pitcher to win it?

Kenshin Kawakami in 2004 when he was pitching for the Chunichi Dragons.

=== UPDATE 11/3/2009 @ 12:14pm JST

Other names that were up for consideration:

Yu Darvish

G W L SV CG SHO BF IP H HR BB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
23 15 5 0 8 2 701 182 118 9 45 6 167 5 0 36 35 1.73

Masahiro Tanaka

G W L SV CG SHO BF IP H HR BB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
25 15 6 1 6 3 771 189.2 170 13 43 7 171 3 0 51 49 2.33

Toshiya Sugiuchi

G W L SV CG SHO BF IP H HR BB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
26 15 5 0 6 1 764 191 145 14 63 4 204 7 0 59 50 2.36

Kazuki Yoshimi

G W L SV CG SHO BF IP H HR BB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
27 16 7 0 5 4 750 189.1 166 10 33 3 147 6 1 52 42 2.00

Dicky Gonzalez

G W L SV CG SHO BF IP H HR BB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
23 15 2 0 2 0 643 162 134 11 25 7 113 2 1 42 38 2.11